Arriving at sunrise at St. Marks NWR, I drove down to the lighthouse to see what waterfowl and shorebirds were in the pond. The sky was very overcast with light breeze. I mounted my Nikon D810 on the tripod with a Nikon 500mm f/4 lens and a 1.7x teleconverter which gave me a focal length of 850mm. I preset my camera settings to aperture of f/6.7, shutter speed of 1/2500 sec. and auto ISO.
After being there for about 30 minutes, I noticed two Black Skimmers flying over and circling the pond. I quickly grabbed my tripod and camera to start looking for a good location to get a could composition.
The two birds started skimming the surface of the water searching for small minnows and fish for breakfast. They flew several passes by me and I was able to fire-off 37 shots total before they flew off. I was very surprised and excited when I saw this shot with an almost perfect reflection in the water.